Congratulations to Surbiton High School Local Governing Body who won the Independent Schools Award for Outstanding Governing Body in November.
Ann Haydon attended the awards presentation with Governors Ruairidh Hogg (Deputy Chair) and Dan Bloxham who all accepted the award on behalf of the Local Governing Body. This award was presented by John McCarthy CBE who is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, and one of the hostages in the Lebanon hostage crisis. John McCarthy was Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, being held for more than five years.
The Surbiton High School Local Governing Body inspire both staff and pupils across so many areas and on so many levels. Each member of the LGB has a certain area of responsibility, such as ‘Strategy’, ‘Education’, ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Values’, ‘Sport’, ‘Finance’, ‘Legal’, ‘Communications & Admissions’, ‘Estates & Premises’, Health & Safety’.
Eggie Kock (Chair), a former Senior Partner at Deloitte, is integral in leading and advising on the School’s 2020 Strategic Plan. He is a mentor to the Principal and senior leadership team and has played a key role in representing the School’s interests at a group and national level.
Sophie Cornish, founder and Managing Director of online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, uses her industry expertise to guide and advise on marketing and branding. She regularly presents to the pupils in areas of careers and the promotion and support of pupils’ Young Enterprise groups and attends our Chairman’s Dinners. Above all, Sophie is an inspiring female role model to the girls.
Dan Bloxham, Head Coach AELTC advises the senior team on the vision and strategy for sports development and has played a mentoring role by advising the Director of Sport. He also gives inspirational and motivational talks to the pupils.
Andy Triggs-Hodge, as double Olympic Gold medallist in rowing, has inspired the pupils with his motivational speeches and visits to the School. He has advised on the development of the sports facilities and attended meetings with the local residents. He has also played a key role in re-launching the School’s alumni and advised on the acquisition of the newly acquired Boat House.
As a school, SHS prides themselves on outstanding pastoral care and education, with Jonathan Wilkes, a local clergyman, advising on the spiritual side of school life and Kathleen Hayes, former Head, using her educational expertise to provide fresh insights, perspective and practical suggestions for the improvements of teaching and learning. Gordon Faultless, former BP engineer, is a consistent source of knowledge on Health & Safety. The School has been advised on estates & premises by Ruairidh Hogg, architect who has extensive knowledge of the local area.
Eileen Carroll, QC, and Karen Bowles provide helpful, constructive and supportive contributions with regard to finance and legal aspects.
These incredibly busy people give their time and expertise to support the school in many ways. The LGB is a real team which inspires every person in the Surbiton High School community to achieve their very best. As ISI said in our latest inspection, "The success of this vibrant school owes much to the excellence of governance, leadership and management. The LGB exercises effective oversight and provides valued support.” This award is a great way to show how much the school community values their contribution.